Preparations are underway for the 7th Malatya International Film Festival which will be held between 9-16 November.  Submissions for feature and short film competitions continue as the selection of the films to be screened out of competition is also underway.

Born from the ashes of social destruction and dread, South Korean cinema has been on the rise with its award-winning and widely distributed films, and big productions. As this year marks the 60th year of Korean War which established the ties between Turkey and South Korea, latest South Korean films will be screened at 7th Malatya International Film Festival.

First two films selected for the section entitled “60 Years Of Amity” are:

On the Beach at Night Alone / Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja and The Day After / Geu hu,  by veteran South Korean director Hong Sang-soo.

“Hyeongje-ui nala” / “Brother Country” South Korean-Turkish Amity

The Korean War, which began in 1950 when the North Korean army attacked South Korea to impose Communism in the entire Korean Peninsula, has laid the foundation for South Korean-Turkish amity.

As one of the first countries to send troops to the Korean War, Turkey remained in Korea from October 1950 until August 1954, and initiated this amity by fighting on the same side with South Korea.

 Most sought-after director in the festivals: Hong Sang-soo

Hong Sang-soo holds a special place in today’s South Korean cinema, which has many unique talents such as Kim Ki-duk, Bong Joon-ho and Park Chan-wook. Hong is compared to veteran French director Eric Rohmer with his plain style and screenplays based on human relations, and to Woody Allen with his productivity and humor. And he is considered the most elegant and Western-style director of South Korea.

Hong attracted a loyal audience with his film “The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well / Dwae-ji-ga U-mul-ae Bba-jin Nal. Although his film style became plain, his audience has been growing for 21 years. Hong’s films are much sought after in A-List film festivals such as Berlin, Cannes and Venice. Having doubled his productivity in 2010s, Hong’s been making two films a year since 2012, and shines out with three films this year. First of the three films inspired by his personal experiences and the tabloids in his country was screened at Berlin Film Festival, and earned the film’s lead, Kim Min-hee, the Silver Bear for Best Actress.

This year, Hong’s The Day After / Geu Hu competed at Cannes Film Festival, and Claire’s Camera / La caméra de Claire, which was filmed during the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, was screened out of competition. The Day After is among Hong Sang-soo and Kim Min-hee’s films questioning love, relationships, jealousy and infidelity. Usually having autobiographical elements in his films, Hong once again criticizes the stereotyped male behaviors by siding with his impressive female character.

The movie buffs will get to see “The Day After” at the 7th Malatya International Film Festival; a film as melancholic as Berlin’s cold winter, a film reflecting the contradictions, ebb and flow of the human soul.

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